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EU initiates global shipyard approval process

The EU will not wait for the heavily delayed Hong Kong treaty, aimed at securing proper conditions at shipbreaking facilities worldwide, to come into force, and is now calling for shipyards from all over the world to send approval applications to Brussels.

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The EU Commission has presented the document that shipyards and shipbreaking facilities from all over the world must fill out and submit to the Brussels-based Commission if they want to secure EU approval for their shipbreaking going forward.

Since the European Parliament took a firm stance by adopting the new regulations for EU-approved shipbreakers, several shipbreaking companies and scrapping facilities, from regions such as Asia, have visited Brussels to present their case. And several of the yards at the infamous Alang beach in India have secured approval from the classification bureaus.

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